“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”– Charles Mingus
Everyone feels like life is too complex from time to time. Too many things to get done and worry about, people to please, problems, decisions to make. And not enough time to fit it all in.
It´s also overwhelming when it comes to art and creativity. What subject should we paint? What medium should we use? How can we make best use of the Internet to promote ourselves? Which project should we work on first? What if we do it wrong?
Embracing the concept of minimalism we could eliminate the complexity, the decisions, the distractions and the worries that cause so much overwhelm and hold back our creativity.
According to Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (The Minimalists), minimalism is a tool to help you achieve freedom. They say that it´s about stripping away the unnecessary things in your life so that you can focus on what’s important.
On this article you´ll find some ways in which simplicity can help your creativity:
1. Try to do less.
Is it hard to find ideas? Not necessarily. Instead of finding ways to do more than everyone else, find ways to do less. Simplify things: find different ideas and combine them in a new way. The idea is to cover less and focus on something specific to do it better than anyone else.
2. Remove distractions and complications.
Clear all the things that get in the way of creation out of the way. Internet, phone calls, smartphones… Whatever distracts you from creating.
3. Don´t try to work on more than one project at once.
Trying to keep the focus small is the best way to create. If the project is taking more time than you expected, don´t stress, and just narrow it down: divide it into several projects and focus just on one. When you´re done you can move on to the next one. It feels great this way, as you avoid being overwhelmed.
4. The simplest the tool you use, the better.
This is related with the second point, because full featured tools end up being very distracting. So usually the best way to proceed is just using a pencil and a paper.
Trying to get everything right and attempting to keep up with the standards will lead you to failure. Don´t be a perfectionist and feel free to be messy and just get it out. Let it flow.
6. Show up.
The simple truth to creating. You just gotta show up. It might or might not happen, you might or might not create something great, but you sure won’t create a thing if you don’t show up. So don´t be afraid to fail.
To sum up: creativity doesn’t have to be complicated. Inspiration will come and go. The key is understanding when it’s there and what it takes to make it happen. Hopefully this tips will help you find creativity in a simple way. Mastering simplicity can aid you along and be very useful. After all, who doesn’t love keeping things simple?